The DFEH is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence.  


To File a Pre-Complaint Inquiry you may select one of the following methods:

If you have a disability that prevents you from submitting a written pre-complaint form on-line, by mail, or email, the DFEH can assist you by scribing your pre-complaint by phone or for individuals who communicate by American Sign Language through the relay system. Contact the Communication Center 800-884-1684 (voice) or 800-700-2320 (TTY) or by email to contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov to schedule an appointment.

The DFEH will continue to accept online complaint filings for persons who do not wish for the DFEH to investigate their complaint. Instead, request an immediate Right to Sue.


January 25, 2016 - DFEH Settles Sexual Harassment Case against Sandhu Brothers Growers in Stanislaus County.

View Press Release  (in English)  (in Spanish)

January 11, 2016 - DFEH co-sponsors the 2016 USF Law Review and Center for Law and Ethics Symposium on January 29. Housing for Vulnerable Populations and the Middle Class: Revisiting Housing Rights and Policies in a Time of Expanding Crisis.

Learn more and register here

December 23, 2015 - ABC10 investigates Carmichael apartment complex conflict between landlord and tenants

View Story in ABC 10 News

For a complete listing of DFEH News, click here.


The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), seeks law students with a passion for enforcing the civil rights laws protecting people in the most populous and diverse state in the country. Apply through March 15, 2016 for summer 2016 opportunities. Click here for more details.


 Review DFEH Tribal Consultation Policy.   


The webinar platform used by DFEH will not be available in 2016. The 2016 webinar schedule, including the sexual harassment prevention training will be announced as soon as an alternative is determined.

For a complete listing of DFEH notices, click here.

DFEH Procedural Regulations Rulemaking Action

The Department’s Amendments to its Procedural Regulations has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and was filed with the Secretary of State on June 2, 2015. The emergency regulations that this action makes permanent – which outline the pre-complaint inquiry process and make clear that there is no longer administrative adjudication of claims, i.e. the Department files complaints in civil court – remain effective and the effective date of the rest of the amendments – which only make technical and clarifying changes – is October 1, 2015.


To learn more about the Department, explore our Web site, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

If you need a disability accommodation to access DFEH’s services, please contact Paula Pearlman, Assistant Chief Counsel and Interim ADA Coordinator, (844) 541-2877(direct), 711 relay operator, TTY: (800)700-2320 paula.pearlman@dfeh.ca.gov or accommodations@dfeh.ca.gov as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event or meeting.

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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